Bicycles became a hot commodity during the pandemic, and thieves were quick to get their hands on them. This isn’t a problem only in Charlotte.
Sustain Charlotte is a nonprofit working with the city to make it more biker friendly. Urban design specialist Eric Zaverl said bike lockers aren't the top pirority, but it's an important issue.
"Most of our advocacy efforts have been focused on the larger bike network and getting that built first,” Zaverl said.
Zaverl has felt the pain of bike theft himself. One of the wheels was stolen from his bike in broad daylight. He says once a network is established, advocates can focus on secure bike parking options.
He adds that if a private company approached them with a plan for pods or lockers, they are open to it.